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David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits and the Art of Battling Giants Paperback – 28 May 2014

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Also by Malcolm Gladwell

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Through a series of encounters and misunderstandings Malcolm Gladwell takes us on an intellectual adventure into the darker side of human nature.

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Breath-taking and thought-provoking ― The New York Times

Truly intriguing and inspiring ― Los Angeles Times

Gladwell's most enjoyable book so far. It is a feel-good extravaganza, nourishing both heart and mind. Each of its stories ... has an ending that is both happy and surprising. What ostensibly unites the stories are the twin ideas that an advantage can sometimes be a disadvantage and that a disadvantage can sometimes be an advantage. Yet there is something more powerful and more uplifting that also links them. It is that good beats bad - just when you least expected it ― Financial Times

When you read it, you feel like you can topple giants -- Jon Ronson

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What if everything we thought about power was wrong? What if, in the ancient story of the shepherd boy who topples a giant, David actually had the advantage?

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ 0241959594
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Penguin Press; 1st edition (28 May 2014)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 320 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 9780241959596
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0241959596
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 12.9 x 1.8 x 19.8 cm
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Malcolm Gladwell has been a staff writer at The New Yorker since 1996. He is the author of The Tipping Point, Blink, Outliers, and What the Dog Saw. Prior to joining The New Yorker, he was a reporter at the Washington Post. Gladwell was born in England and grew up in rural Ontario. He now lives in New York.

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The aim of this book is to explore situations in human life in which people meet with asymmetrical power - such as when small, weak, defenseless David meets huge, powerful, heavily armored Goliath. The book is, however, is by no means a thesis on why such situations happen, or of how they resolve themselves; rather it is a simple, rather aimless ramble through the shrubbery and thickets of human experience, with occasional pauses to peer at features of more than usual interest within the countryside.

This, however, should not be taken as faint praise. The ultimate thesis on asymmetrical power has yet to be written, and in the meantime, the best that anybody can manage is well researched rambles. This is one of the best such rambles that I have encountered, with every pause a gem of enlightenment and illumination. As the author explained the particular kind of asymmetrical power being observed, and the various strategies and tactics used by one party to balance or overthrow the advantages of the other, I found myself continuously thinking, "Wow! Why hadn't I noticed that?" His writing is fluid; his research extensive, and his insights inspiring. All in all, a most delightful read that has given me much to think about, and indeed changed many of my views on some very important topics.
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